Motion Impossible showed off its newest VR robotic dolly system, the Agito chassis, for the first time at IBC 2017.
The Agito can hold cameras weighing up to 20 kilos, or 44 pounds, and features a full three-axis gyro stabilizer for 360 cameras heavy duty enough to stabilize a Jaunt.
“With filming VR, there’s nothing scary about movement,” said Motion Impossible CTO Andy Nancollis. “People are often put off by movement, because they think it makes people feel sick, but the truth of that is a bit different, we find. Our experience says if you can move at a natural pace and you can dial that in with this new system, as long as that movement is carried out smoothly and consistently, without sudden jerks, movments and bumps, all that movement is going to work brilliantly.”
The big improvement over Motion Impossible’s existing VR dolly solution, Mantis, does just that–consistent, recordable movement.
“The old system used a standard RS system transmitter controller and relied entirely on your fingers and your hand to control the inputs–nothing preset, nothing automated,” Nancollis said. “To do the same thing over and over, you literally have to learn the muscle movment and do it time and time again. With the new controller, you can set some presets–set a top speed, set an accerlation rate, set a deceleration rate–so every time you push the throttle, [the dolly] will accelerate at the same rate and get to the same speed at the same time. It’s much more accurate doing the same movements over and over again.”
The Agito also offers a wider range from which to control the dolly, giving VR producers more hiding options.
The chassis also has interchangeable wheels for use on all different kind of terrain, as well as track wheels for traditional filming.
The Mantis was launched at NAB 2016 and can hold cameras up to 5 kilos (11 pounds) and costs $14,985.
The Agito will launch in January of 2018. A price has yet to be announced.
For more information, visit Motion Impossible’s website.